Thursday, December 18, 2014

Catching Up!

Things have been a bit crazy. I ended up at the ENT last week & as it turns out I had a sinus infection, an upper respiratory infection & tonsillitis. That would explain why I felt so bad. I was on steroids, an antibiotic, 2 nasal sprays & Mucinex. I was pretty much in a fog all week. I worked Tuesday-Thursday & then I had vacation to take or lose so I was off Friday, Monday & Tuesday. It would be so nice to actually be able to take off around Christmas but once again that's not happening. I've worked full time for something like 20 years & I can't ever take off close to Christmas because of some reason or another. Mostly because of seniority. It sucks, I hate it but I can't do anything about it. Moving on.

I was able to get a ton of stuff done during my time off. Friday I got my hair & nails done & was able to go to the jewelry show with my friend Steph. We didn't buy hardly anything. Highly unusual. For dinner our group went to Caliente. Typical Friday night.

Saturday I was really not feeling good so there was a lot of laying around until it was time to get ready for Church. After Church we had a Christmas Party to go to. That was fun.

Sunday I finished my decorating. Finally!

Dean was off Monday & Tuesday too. We got a lot of shopping done. It was good to get everything finished. I had yet another incident with Target. So done with that store. I realized after I returned the Fitbit that they didn't refund my money for the extended warranty I'd bought. They gave me a bunch of crap about how the UPC code wasn't on my receipt so they couldn't refund it. Funny, I had the correct receipt the FIRST time I returned the Fitbit. Which I explained to this chick multiple times because she felt the need to tell me multiple times she needed the UPC code. I was nice but I wanted to tell her that I heard her the first time & it didn't matter how many times she repeated herself it wasn't going to change anything. I finally just said to get a manager because I was tired of dealing with this fiasco. At that point she explained that she's a supervisor & can take care of it. REALLY????? WITHOUT A UPC CODE??? That really annoyed me. BUT that's not the end of the story. At some point when I was waiting for the Fitbit to come in Target emailed me a $10 gift certificate that I could use online or in store. Knowing that I was going to Target I followed the directions & added it to my online account. All I have to do is show the cashier my phone. Yeh right. I showed her & she said she needed a UPC code. SERIOUSLY?? I showed her the email & she called a manager who told me the same thing the cashier said. By this point I was getting really tired of people repeating things to me. I showed the manager the email. Eventually, someone showed up that could do some sort of override & then proceeded to tell me next time I needed to do this & that. I calmly said that there won't be a next time because I'm done. Seriously I'm done and I mean it. I'm not in love with the store to begin with & this certainly didn't help their cause. Whatever.

We did a lot of eating out while we were off. Tuesday we just had a couple of gifts left to buy so we did that & stopped at Mike Anderson's for lunch. It was cold & I was in the mood for seafood gumbo.

It was delicious!! That's a crab in the middle of the bowl.. I had a side salad too. They have the best ranch dressing ever!!

All of the presents are wrapped and under the tree.

I finally thought to take a picture of my tree.

I think it's prettier in person.

I haven't ran since the Reindeer Run that was almost 2 weeks ago. I didn't feel like it since I was sick & then it was colder & I didn't think it was wise to get out in that. My plan was to run tomorrow but there's a good chance of rain so hopefully it'll happen this weekend.

We have a busy weekend coming up. 2 parties tomorrow night, Christmas brunch with a friend Saturday, Christmas with Dean's family Sunday & going to look at Christmas lights with friends Sunday night. It's going to be Monday before I know it. UGH!

I think I'm caught up.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I really can't believe how fast time is flying by. I desperately need 2 more weeks between Thanksgiving & Christmas. 

Thursday night was our first Christmas party of the season. This year is busy! My office party was at The Blend. It's a wine bar & they do small plates as well. They had a buffet for us. This is the same place the party was last year. It's nice but the food was better last year. 

Me & my friend Mary Kay who also happens to be my boss's wife.

I have such a hard time with week night functions. I didn't get to sleep until 11:30 & 6 hours of sleep just isn't enough for me. Thankfully, Friday's are short days for me. After work I ran some errands & then went home to take a nap. I needed some sleep because I had a race to run Friday night.
Me & Allison

Our crew - Hillary, Anna  & Allie on the front row & me, Allison, Jackie, Cindy S. & Kate. It was the Reindeer Run hence the reindeer headbands. 

Me, Allison & Karen after the race. We're all very happy that the race is over at this point. It was HOT -  like almost 80 hot. The 5K wasn't actually a 5K. It was 3.5 miles. They need to be a little more careful when they measure the distance. 3.1 to 3.5 doesn't seem like a lot but some people never run more than 3.1.  Let's just say this race wasn't the most organized. I was happy with my time. I did the 3.5 mi. in 33:27 which is fast for me. I didn't realize my watch battery was almost dead & it went dead before the race started. I had no idea how far I'd ran or what my pace was at any point in the race. Some people like that, I don't. All in all it was fun. There was a ton of stuff going on downtown for Christmas & it took Dean 30 mins. to park & he wasn't close. He said never again. After the race me, him & Allison went to Caliente to eat. We were starving.

Saturday morning I was up early & was able to get more errands done & then it was time to leave for Mississippi. Me, Dean, Dennis, Jackie, Matt & Suzy were going to Biloxi to the IP Casino to see the Gin Blossoms & Sugar Ray. I was so excited! Some of you may not know who they are but they were very popular in the mid to late 90's. I didn't care about Sugar Ray, I just wanted to see Gin Blossoms. Matt & Suzy have a house in Pass Christian, MS which is 30 minutes away so we all stayed there.

Lead singer of Gin Blossoms - we had great seats!

Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray

The pics are awful but hopefully I'll have a new phone soon.

The concert was so much fun & we enjoyed Sugar Ray a lot too. 

Sunday morning we came home. I was feeling awful. Sore throat, ears, the whole bit. I went to a Kendra Scott party Sunday afternoon that a friend was hosting. They have such cute stuff. 

Yesterday when I woke up I was still feeling bad so I took a sick day & went to the ENT. The strep test was negative but she diagnosed me with a sinus infection, an upper respiratory infection & tonsillitis. I've got antibiotics, steroids, nasal sprays & pills to help with the cough. Hopefully, they'll kick in soon.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How Many Fitbits Do You Have??

We currently have 2 in our household and neither are mine. I ordered Dean the Fitbit One for his birthday. For reference, his birthday was November 17. I don't enjoy dealing with lines or crowds or traffic. Plus, I do enjoy Ebates and getting cash back. Soooo on November 3rd I ordered the Fitbit from Target. I chose Target because the Fitbit's were the same price everywhere but there was more cash back to be had at Target. I've said before that I don't understand the love affair between everyone I know & Target. I'm less enamored than I was before & that's saying a lot. 

Here's the Fitbit.

I bought the One because it can be worn on your belt or in your pocket. Dean isn't a bracelet guy so I thought this was perfect. I received the email from UPS saying that I would receive my package on November 5th. It was being shipped from New Orleans. Yay! Easy Peasy!

The next day I checked the status & it shows that delivery would not be the 5th but the 9th & the package was in New Jersey. Geography isn't my strong suit but I do know that New Orleans is only 60 miles from Baton Rouge and New Jersey is much further. Clearly there was a problem. Well, to make a very long story not as long, every single day the status changed on UPS's website & the message "there was an error in sorting" (really????) & delivery was delayed a day appeared. Yet it was still sitting in New Jersey. After a few days I contacted UPS & they were absolutely no help. They would just tell me what I could see for myself on the website. I contacted Target & they told me it was a UPS problem & they couldn't do anything. Well, then I was mad so I took to Twitter! FYI - when you tweet a complaint to a company they generally respond & respond FAST! I got zero response from Target but UPS contacted me & I dealt with a very helpful girl who finally confirmed that my package was lost. She told me to contact Target so they could ship another one. Yeh, Target wouldn't do that. They called UPS & was told it wasn't lost. This went on for a couple of weeks & there were a lot of emails & phone calls. By this time Dean's birthday had came & went. I was so mad that I told Target I just wanted my money back. They wouldn't give it to me & said I would have to refuse delivery when the package arrived or return it to the store. Well, you can't refuse delivery or return something that HASN'T BEEN DELIVERED!  

At this point I was really furious. I ordered another Fitbit from Amazon. It was cheaper, no tax & there was a special Ebates cash back deal. I contacted UPS one more time & told them Target wouldn't do anything because of the status. The response I got was that there was "movement" on my package that day. Yeh whatever, believe it when I see it. The status changed & showed delivery would be November 26th. I was planning to call the credit card company & dispute the Target charge & let them deal with it. I decided to wait until the 26th & just see what happened. When I got home on the 26th there was the Fitbit I ordered 2 days before from Amazon. I don't even have Prime! Later that night when we got back from dinner the other one was by the front door. It's going back to the store Friday. I realize it was UPS's fault but I was not pleased with how Target handled it & nobody that I spoke with was helpful. They kept telling me if I didn't receive it to call back. 

Needless to say I don't forsee a lot of Target shopping trips in my future. 

If you shop online & don't use Ebates you're missing out. Here's a link


Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend!!

About 12:15 Wednesday I got my wish. The office closed! YAY! I went & ran a few errands & got my nails done. Dean got off a little early too. We always go to dinner the night before Thanksgiving. We went with out friends Cindy & Brad & Jackie, Dennis & their girls, Allie & Anna. We had a nice dinner. 

Cindy & I decided to do our own little Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning. I needed to do something to offset all of that food we were going to have.

Post Trot Selfie! It was cold!

We did a total of 5.66 miles. I ran about 2.5 of those miles. Cindy wasn't feeling good so I ran to meet her & we walked & then I ran home. 

What better way to warm up on Thanksgiving after a run??

It was so good!! I bought the Winter Wonderland Pack from Bed, Bath & Beyond. The other flavors are Golden French Toast & Gingerbread. They're all really good. 

My parents & Dean's parents & grandma came over for Thanksgiving lunch. This was Scott, Lydia & Logan's year to spend the day with Lydia's family so it was pretty quiet. 

Thanksgiving night Jackie & Dennis came over to watch the LSU game. Jackie wanted to go to Walgreen's to do some shopping. HA! Off we went. 

Friday morning we were up early decorating. Well, Cindy & I were at Royal Standard because they had cute a door mat that I wanted. That was the extent of my shopping in a store on Thanksgiving/Black Friday. I did the rest of my shopping online & after going over my list this morning I realized that I'm almost finished!

When I got home Dean had my trees up ready to be fluffed & decorated. That took the majority of the day. I'm so incredibly slow. 

Saturday morning Cindy & I ran. 

I ran the whole 4 mi. & Cindy did some walking & running. She has longer to train for her race than I do. We run, she'll stop & walk some & I continue running & then turn around & run back to her & then she runs with me. If anyone's watching I'm sure we look ridiculous but it works. I really like having a running buddy.

After our run I had to go to Church to get things ready for our Giving Tree Ministry. Once I finished there I went with Jackie & her girls to my very first trip to Costco! I found some good deals. Once we finished there we went to Albasha for Greek food. The chicken schwarma salad was sooo good. I even tasted the gyro & it was good too. By the time I got home it was time to go back to Church for Mass & after that off to Jackie & Dennis' for burgers & to watch the Alabama Auburn game. Things were looking so promising for awhile & then everything fell apart for Auburn. Oh well!

Needless to say, I got zero decorating done Saturday so that means I spent the majority of Sunday decorating. No, I'm not finished. Seriously, I'm sloooooowwwww. 

A few weeks ago I bought a box of pumpkin pancake mix from Trader Joe's. Now, we all know I'm not a cook BUT I thought since it was in a box it couldn't be that hard. Well, last weekend I decided I wanted to make them. I read the directions & decided they were not easy, they were well above my pay grade. Dean was busy but he told me he'd make them for me another time. Sunday for dinner was that time.

They were soooo good! 

This morning I was up bright & early to run with Cindy. 

We knocked out 4 slow miles. 

How was Thanksgiving? Did y'all shop?


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve!

I'm hoping the office will close early today. A lot of people are off so there's not much happening. I need to get my nails done & Cindy & I are planning to get a walk in. Trying to keep moving to off set the food that will be eaten tomorrow.  

I've been seeing all of the gift guides in the blog world & I thought I'd make my own little wish list. 

iPhone 6 

I've had a couple of iPhones but I've never had the latest model. Right now I have the 4S. It does the job but I'd love to have the new one. Not the big one just the regular 6. 

I love my Pandora bracelet. There are a few beads that I'd like. 

The running shoe & the Pinot Grigio are Chamillia beads & the others are Pandora. I have both brands on my bracelet now. 

Adjustable dumbbells

This may seem a little random but I've been using weights off & on for awhile & I love these because they're adjustable & you don't have to take a bunch of weights off. It's something to do with the case thing they're in. 

A milk frother

I don't know how well these things work but I'd love to be able to make a latte at home.

I've always wanted a car with a big bow for Christmas!

I have a nice car, it's only 3 years old, it has low mileage, blah, blah, blah but I miss my Expedition & would like a new one.

Then there's this!

Is that not the sweetest little face ever??? I'm pretty sure that face could make me forget about the Expedition. 

So basically this is more of a pipe dream list than a Christmas list. With the exception of the beads & maybe the milk frother........

What's on y'alls list?


Monday, November 24, 2014

A Breakfast Date

Saturday morning Scott & Lydia were running a 10 mi. race that was close to my house so I picked Logan up for a breakfast date. My friend Allie came with us. By the end of breakfast Logan wanted Allie to be his sister. Since when do 5 year olds want 20 year olds for sisters?

We went to Coffee Call for beignets. They were delicious as usual!

We got back in time for Logan to cheer for his daddy as he crossed the finish line. A couple of LSU football players were handing out water at the finish line, Christian Lacouture & Quinton Thomas. While we were watching for Lydia to finish Logan asked them a million questions & they were very nice. He even asked if they "had a son". Ha!
After the 10 mi. race there was a 1 mi. run. There was some confusion at Logan's house Sat. morning which led to this striking running outfit. Just to be clear, he did not wear those shorts to breakfast.

Speaking of shorts - our weather is out of control. 25 last week, Saturday was in the 60's with gale force wind & Sunday almost 80. Tomorrow morning it will be 20 degress cooler than this morning.

Logan was pumped to run!

Crossing the finish line. 

They didn't do official time for the 1 mile but Logan ran it in less than 10 minutes. 

After the race I headed home. When I went to the Doctor Friday I got a shot & an antibiotic.
 I still wasn't feeling great so I took a nap & then we went to Mass & ran a couple of errands. 

Yesterday I was feeling much better. Thank goodness! I got some things done at home.
 I got my closet all straightened out . I moved a lot of my summer clothes to another closet & I even did some ironing. 

This morning I got back into my exercise routine.  My friend Cindy is running the Princess Half at Disney in February & yesterday she signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge. She'll run a 10K Sat. & the Half the next day. She's scared & I'm happy because she MUST train so I'll have a running buddy! 

We did 4 miles walking & running. I didn't start my watch until I met up with Cindy so it's not showing the full 4 miles. My next Half is in 8 weeks so no more playing around. 


Friday, November 21, 2014


So, so excited for the weekend! We don't have a lot of plans but I'm just ready to be off.

I'm headed to the doctor in a little while. I finally broke down & made an appointment. I don't feel awful but I'm not right either & I'm tired of it. Hopefully, there's a quick fix.

Tonight we're going to dinner with some friends for a late birthday celebration for Dean. His birthday was Monday.

Tomorrow morning Scott & Lydia are running a 10 mile race about 10 minutes from our house so I'm going to meet them & get Logan & bring him to breakfast while they run. He'll have his choice of donuts or beignets. I'm really hoping for beignets! Or maybe I should hope for donuts since I'm not crazy about them & it won't be hard for me to not eat one??? Trying to eat right since the holidays are coming up.

Last night we went to Louisiana Lagniappe for Dean's birthday meal. This place is soooo good & if you're on their birthday list you get a free meal. Not a chintzy, cheap free meal either. Whatever you entree you want. Dean had a $50 steak last night. The only catch they have is you can only use your birthday meal Monday through Thursday & either 14 days before your birthday or 14 days after. I had the Fresh Fish en Papillote or "the fish in the paper" as Dean likes to call it. Really, really good.

Saturday night was Homecoming for several of our friends daughters.

Me & Amelia-Ann. I still can't believe she's 16. When we moved in she was 6.

Amelia-Ann & Maddie - Love these two!

Have y'all tried this?

So good!! I was in Winn Dixie the other night buying a turkey & the fixings for corn pudding that Dean was bringing to work & I ran across it. It was in the refrigerated section. It's delicious!

Yesterday morning was a latte kind of morning. I was going to get the Caramel Brulee until I saw the calorie count on the Chestnut Praline was 100 calories less! I've had the Chestnut Praline already & liked it so I had another one. I've seen a lot of people on Facebook aren't a fan. Have y'all tried it?

Have a great weekend!